Kinetic PT Athlete of the Week: Owen Koch (Phoenixville football)

Photo courtesy of Phoenixville athletic department
 
Athlete: Owen Koch
 
School: Phoenixville
 
Sport: Football
 
The week that was: Koch, a senior running back for the upstart Phantoms, was a one-man wrecking crew in the second half of the Phantoms’ 41-24 PAC Freedom conquest of Upper Merion last Friday night.
 
The dynamic 6-foot, 180-pounder racked up a jaw-dropping 203 yards on 12 carries with four touchdowns after the break, setting the tone with a 71-yard sprint to the house on Phoenixville’s first offensive play of the third quarter.
 
He followed that up with consecutive scoring runs of 5, 1 and 32 yards en route to 273 rushing yards on 22 carries as the Phantoms turned a 17-13 halftime deficit into a commanding 41-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.
 
Owen is humble and hungry,” said Phoenixville coach Anthony Ciarlello. “I believe after the year we had last season, Owen takes each game as a gift. And when he gets to open that gift on game night, he tears into it like a kid ripping through wrapping paper on Christmas morning.”
 
The air is thick with anticipation for the arrival of the main gift – a long-awaited ticket to the District 1-5A playoffs. Phoenixville, which hasn’t been to the postseason since 2018, currently sits 11th after taking down Upper Merion for the first time since the Vikings joined the PAC in 2016. Sixteen teams qualify for the District 1 playoffs in Class 5A and Phoenixville, which hosts winless Pottstown on Homecoming Friday night, is an odds-on favorite to be included in the field.
 
I haven’t been to the playoffs in three years since my freshman year,” Koch said on papreplive.com following the win over UM. “I never really got to play. Now I’m getting to bring my team to the playoffs. It’s unreal. I didn’t think I would make it this far, to be honest. We’re just a little school from Phoenixville.”
 
That ‘little school’ is playing big heading into this weekend’s clash with the Trojans and Koch is leading the charge. The Phantoms star is currently second in the PAC rushing stats with 901 yards on 120 carries, an eye-popping 7.5 yards per attempt, with nine touchdowns.
 
It is not known if Koch’s 273-yard outing is a program record, but suffice it to say that the guy with the hungry heart is eating well this fall.
 
(Koch’s) everything you want as a player,” Ciarlello said on papreplive.com. “He’s coachable. He understands the game. His field IQ is huge. His motor doesn’t stop."